Have you seen the Mastercard's commercials where kids are asking their parents for 'one more day?' These commercials were created to encourage more Americans to take time off from work. The U.S. Travel Association has started their 'Project: Time Off' campaign to help people realize the importance of taking a vacation.
According to their report found at http://www.projecttimeoff.com/research/groundhog-day#Key Findings, Americans from 1976-2000 took an average of 20 days off per year. However, that rapidly fell. They state 'today, American workers report just 16 days used in 2014 - almost a full work-week less compared to pre-2000 levels.'
They use the term 'work martyrs' to describe what we've become. Their conclusion, they suggest making 3 small changes:
- Spot the symptoms of work martyrdom - Fast
- Plan your days of the year
- Take your vacation - and when you get back, show and tell